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New Orleans Demographics and Lifestyle

Known as “the big easy” and famous for jazz, Mardi Gras, and Creole culture, New Orleans is one of the most famous U.S. cities.

New Orleans is graced with its unique French and Spanish Creole architecture, which gives the city its distinct look.  The food, celebrations, and culture of New Orleans make this city an event, rather than just a destination.

What can seniors who want to retire here expect?  Keep reading to learn about the climate, diversity, and natural beauty of New Orleans.

New Orleans Demographic Facts

The 2010 U.S. Census reports about 344,000 people living in New Orleans, divided into 190,000 households.  New Orleans is a vibrant and diverse American city, with the following ethnic makeup:

Non-Hispanic Whites make up a little less than 30% of New Orleans’ population

African Americans contribute heavily to the culture and beauty of New Orleans, comprising over 60% of city residents.

Hispanic residents number a little less than 6% of the population.

People of Asian extraction represent less than 3% of New Orleans residents.

The Hispanic population may be higher than the 2010 U.S. Census reports due to the presence of between 14,000 and 120,000 undocumented migrants from Central and South America.

The median household income in New Orleans is around $46,000 per year, and the median family income hovers at less than $60,000 per year.  The per capita income of New Orleans residents is close to the national median at a respectable $28,000 per year.

The population and median income were both reduced after Hurricane Katrina, but both figures have been increasing since 2008, and many areas that didn’t experience flooding are back to pre-hurricane population levels.

Climate and Weather of New Orleans

Seniors relocating to New Orleans from points farther north will be delighted by the climate in New Orleans.  Classified as humid subtropical, the climate of New Orleans is not conducive to winter sports.  The last snow that the city experienced was in 2004, and the last appreciable snowfall totaled 4.5 inches and occurred in 1964.

New Orleans is a wet city.  Seniors who don’t like rainy days should consider that New Orleans sees over 60 inches of rain per year.  Most of the rain will fall in the steamy summer months, with October being the driest month of the year.

New Orleans is for seniors who like hot weather; there are more than 70 days during the year when temperatures will rise to at least 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but only about 8 nights in the winter when temps will dip below freezing.

New Orleans is subject to severe hurricanes and can experience extreme flooding in some areas.  Seniors who relocate to this southern city will want to ensure that the area they are settling in is on higher ground.

Nature in New Orleans

New Orleans is located near some of the most pristine wetlands and harbors many different species of birds, reptiles, and mammals.  

New Orleans residents can enjoy visiting the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge.  Covering over 24,000-acres of fresh and saltwater marshes, the refuge is home to some of Louisiana’s most iconic wildlife.

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